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July 4th photoshoot

I just got back from the July 4th photoshoot and it went pretty good. I shot on the East side of the Morrison bridge in Portland, Oregon. I scouted around for about an hour beforehand to find a good location to shoot at. I purchased a new Manfrotto 3-way tripod head and a remote shutter release for the shoot. The trick to photographing fireworks is to use a low ISO, an aperture around 8-22, and use a tripod with remote shutter to manually control the shutter so that there’s no unneeded movement on the camera while you’re photographing.

I ended up with about 50 shots, each about 1-10 second exposures. Shooting a firework display is really all about timing and luck. Out of those 50 shots I was lucky enough to get about 4 that are good enough to publish. The fireworks went from 10PM ’til about 10:30PM. Check out a couple of the pics I got from the shoot below:

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Now for some technical specifications:

I shot at 100 ISO throughout the duration of the shoot. I varied from an aperture of 8-22 and I used the Canon 40D with 24-70 lens. I have a very nice tripod and I was pleased with the new 3-way head that I just purchased.

Well, that’s about it for this subject. I had fun at the shoot. My cat always gets really scared from the firecrackers on the 4th. He hides under the bed all night and when I go into the bedroom he comes out and hangs out near my feet, purring. I wonder what’s going on in his mind. Probably scared as hell.

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